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Library Manager and Information Specialist at IMI Institute for Research and Development Ltd., the Israel Chemicals Ltd. corporate research centre in Haifa Bay Israel. Educated at Millfield School and Pembroke College, Oxford University reading chemistry.


Jul
23
comment Is someone allowed to walk home from shul wearing leather shoes on Tish'a B'Av?
I seem to remember learning that there is a halacha to cover this situation. Maybe someone with ready access to sources could check it. IIRC, (and this is on memory basis only), you may put your leather shoes back on, preferably not fully tied, in order to get home safely. As soon as you reach home you remove the shoes.
Jul
19
comment Lashon Hara damage
This is a good example of why Hazal compared lashon hara with murder. It is a one-way street. As @JediPythonClone has said, Tefila, tzedaka uteshuvah ma'avirin et ro'a hagzerah - Prayer, charity and repentance sweep away the decree of evil.
Jul
12
answered When to say brocha when making a L'chaim
Jul
1
comment Should you say “Bircat HaGomel” after receiving outpatient test results?
There is no reason not to say Hagomel without shem and malchut though in any appropriate situation.
Jun
28
comment Is Gush Katif part of biblical israel?
I disagree @IsaacKotlicky. Gush Katif is in Eretz Plishtim as Noach says, and so was promised by Avraham to Avimelech and his descendents.
Jun
22
comment Taking home leftovers from a caterered affair - mitzvah or stealing?
There is one aspect that could affect the situation that has come up at work re remaining food. If remaining food is donated, the donor could be held liable if the recipients get food poisoning because of improper storage.
Jun
22
comment can one commit aveiros after he is dead?
He would already be in a place with the jurisdiction to decide.
Jun
8
comment Blowing shofar at a wedding
Agree with @Ariel - Only tekiyot. Shvarim and teruah are voices of weeping and alarm and are not appropriate to a wedding. You may improvise other notes of course, not used on RH, because the shofar is being used as a musical instrument and not as a tashmish kedushah.
Jun
7
comment If a Kohan married a giyeurit by orthodox rabbi, is it a legitimate marriage?
That is why I said supporting evidence. In any case there are also surnames Azulay and Katz at least, and the variations of Cohen - Kahn, Kahane, Kagan, Kogan.
Jun
7
comment If a Kohan married a giyeurit by orthodox rabbi, is it a legitimate marriage?
Nowadays the mitochondrial DNA can be tested. I believe that there are features that have been ascribed to Cohanim. Since this DNA is passed down patrilinearly, it can serve as supporting evidence (not 100% conclusive though)
Jun
7
comment May one make tahara (washing the dead) on a person who doesnt keep mitsvot
I understood that when it comes to tahara the deceased is treated as though he performed teshuvah before he departed from this world. The only one who can know this is He who knows the thoughts of man. Since there is no proof that the so-called rasha remained a rasha until his last seconds, he is treated as all others.
May
12
comment Halachic Justifications for the Amshinover Rebbe
@user6591 In the sense of approaching him or his followers in order to learn, presumably.
May
3
comment Saying Borchu Second Time Ma'ariv Nusach Ashkenaz
There are batei knesset that daven nusach Sfarad that do not say the second Barechu after Shacharit on days with Kriyat haTorah, since the olim leTorah said Barechu, but do on other days.
Apr
19
comment Halachot of burial vs. minhagim thereof
The term "forbidden" seems rather extreme for pictures. Here in Israel some communities have a custom of a laser engraved picture of the deceased on the headstone. Most (but not all AFAIK) Hevrot Kadisha accept this.
Apr
2
answered Shehecheyanu upon affixing mezuzah
Mar
31
comment May a nutrition scientist perform research on chametz as part of his job on Hol Hamo'ed Pesach?
Not neccesarily a nutrition scientist. An analytical chemist may also have the problem. Indeed, I remember about 33 years ago seeing a bottle of acetic acid in the lab clearly stamped as Chametz - not for use on Pesach.
Mar
30
comment Making Kiddush with Grape Juice or White Wine
I seem to remember having heard of a custom to start the seder with red wine (symbolizing the blood of slavery) and end with white wine (symbolizing the purity of freedom and Torah), with the intermediate cups mixed. (Note - the reverse for seder Tu Bishvat - white for winter and cold progresses to red for summer, heat and life)
Mar
26
comment Is there any evidence of time-zones in Talmud? (Tanaim and Amoraim only)
@Ronen This relates to height and not time zones which are a longitude variation. Zippori is not far enough away from Tiberias for there to be a significant difference in solar time.
Mar
24
comment What will Lubavitchers do in 2052?
I suspect that the answer would be that the Moshiach will arrive by then.
Mar
12
comment Can a father name his son Esau?
I learnt (IIRC indirectly from the Lubavitcher Rebbe) that the naming of a son is the only chance ordinary Jews have for prophecy. If a father named his son Esau, presumably this would reflect on the life of the son. It seems to me a strange choice, but so do Nimrod and a few others, even Nadav and Avihu. I wouldn't expect it, but I'm not sure there is a prohibition, if the father insisted even after it was explained to him that maybe it's not appropriate.